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The Line it is Drawn #95 – Ray Bradbury Tribute: Comic Characters in Science Fiction Stories

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So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

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The topic is…

In honor of John Trumbull’s appearance this weekend at the Six Seasons and a Movie Art Show (more info here), team-up or mash-up comic book characters with characters from the TV series Community

Read on for the sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

In honor of the late Ray Bradbury, team-up a comic book character from a character from a science fiction novel or short story (any science fiction novel or story, not just one by Bradbury). NOTE: A novel or short story – not from other media. Thanks to Axel Medellin for the suggestion.

By the way, speaking of Ray Bradbury, check out this one guy’s take on the best EC Comic adaptations of Barbury’s short stories.


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion (although I split up two pieces this week since they seemed weird going back to back).

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners!

ArghantBigAxe suggested:

Kitty Pryde in “The Dragonriders of Pern”

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Did you know that Thea had one of her Line it is Drawn drawings appear in last month’s Redbook? Well, if you didn’t, she did! And it was awesome (it was from the “Male Superheroes See How the Other Side Lives” week).

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B_Granderson suggested:

bradbury’s long years with the Super-family (Superman doesn’t age so he builds androids of Superboy, Supergirl, etc.)

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Ghost Rider 2099/Hiro Protagonist

Sean McFarland is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Deadpool vs. Predators

Like dc2ominverse, Marco D’Alfonso laughs at your rules! So he drew this one anyways. Here is his website.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Adam Strange and Flash Gordon.

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.

ozmendoza suggested:

Arthur Dent and the Tick

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

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planetpex suggested:

Ultron/Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website. As I just posted about above, John will be appearing in Los Angeles this weekend as part of the Six Seasons and a Movie Art Show. Read more about it here.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

The Time-Traveller(Time Machine) and Dr. Who

Chaz Folgar is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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thefarlander suggested:

repent Harley Quinn said the tick tock man! (easily one of my favorite Harlan Ellison stories)

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is href="http://www.nancynismo.deviantart.com/gallery/">here.

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B_Granderson suggested:

bradbury’s there will come soft rains with the hall of justice

Daniel Cox drew this one. Here is his website. Daniel, by the way, is doing a campaign to raise money for an independent animated film he is trying to produce. It looks awesome. I’ve already donated. You should, too! You can check Daniel’s campaign out here.

Great work, folks!

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Wow– amazing stuff guys. You guys (and gal) keep raising the bar.

I don’t recognize most of the stuff referenced here, but I dig the art. You guys always give me something awesome to look at.

Holy crap those Superman ones were depressing…

Great work this week, everyone! I loved the range from laughter to pathos. Both Superman ones were excellent, but I think my favorite was the Arthur Dent and Tick. Great dialogue use of there!

Are Arthur (I get it now) Dent and The Tick sitting on the couch from Dirk Gently?

Love the Predator/Deadpool one and the Bradbury / Superman one is great!

Beautiful Superman narratives. “There Will Come Soft Rains,” easily my favorite Bradbury story.

As usual, Walko creates zany fun.

Also love the Who, Dent/Tick, and Marvin conversations (and art). Great stuff!

I haven’t read “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman.” I’ll have to check it out; sounds interesting.

Arthur and Tick are riding the time-travelling” velvet paisley-covered Chesterfield sofa” from “Life, the Universe, and Everything.” It’s been a while since I have read the book, so I do not recall whose sofa it was. I do remember the joke about how Arthur thought it belonged to an “Eddie” someone…


Nice art this week, but I really want a poster of Walko’s design for my wall right now. Very, very cool.

@Xum, Ford mentioned that there were Eddies in the Time/Space Continuum. Arthur thought that meant the Couch belonged to someone named Eddie.

John Trumbull draws an awesome Ultron.

that daniel cox there will come soft rains/hall of justice really captured that “punch you in the stomach”feeling almost as well as the EC comics adaptation from the early 50’s did.

Why, what did she tell you?

@ Daniel Cox

Fantastic work, really; best of this week’s lot for me, not that this is a competition.

Still, I have a question: It SEEMS to me (but please correct me if I am mistaken) that you actively chose to not burn human shadows into the wall. Grotesque, granted — but faithful to the source material. And I think of what you could have done with the SFriends…

So, I guess I am asking you to explain why you chose to execute the piece as such. I am deathly curious.

great work again guys, after last week’s mishap for me I really wanted to get one in this week but sod’s law as it is meant I had the week from hell with work, I WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK by hook or by crook :)

Temporal whiffle-waffle Chaz I love that :)

Both Superman drawings are magnificient, quite sad, but great


Lots of great work this week, Liners!

Loving Thea’s expressive Kitty Pryde, John Trumbull’s Kirby-Cracklin’ Ultron, and Daniel Cox’s epic Hall of Justice.

But Nick Perk’s melancholy awesomeness wins the week for me. “You will believe a man can cry! “

David Serchay

June 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Does the “Soft Rains” one remind anyone else of a particular Super Friends episode?

Another fantastic entry. I would pay good money to see that Adam Strange/Flash Gordon comic/movie! I also found the Long Years adapatation quite poignant and subtle. Great work everyone!

Thanks for the Arthur Dent and Tick piece. That made my day. The Time Machine and Dr. Who bit is hilarious, well done! Hmmm, Bradbury sure wrote some sadly elegiac stories, didn’t he?

Yes, he sure did. He was a master at them.

Does the “Soft Rains” one remind anyone else of a particular Super Friends episode?

Yes! I can’t remember if it was Challenge of the Super Friends or The World’s Greatest Super Friends, but I saw it many years ago. It opened with a destroyed city and a group of people coming across the ruins of the Hall of Justice. Inside, they found a recording of Superman (wearing a tattered costume) talking about the calamity that destroyed everything. I don’t recall anything else. It was pretty bleak for a Super Friends episode.

The Flash gordon/Adam Strange piece is truly fantastic. The design of it looks like a criterion dvd cover.

I guess I always knew how many people loved Douglas Adams at least as much as I did, I now realize how many people loved Douglas Adams as much (or more) as I did. Also I now have a lot more Ray Bradbury that I have to read now. Sweet.

I was going to suggest ‘Repent Harlequin Said the Tick-Tock Man’ myself. I’m so glad someone did and it was given such a worthy rendition. Hands down the best title ever and a great short story, I recommend anyone who hasn’t read it track it down. It tells you more about anarchy and anti-corporate protest than a week of ‘occupy’ protests and a shelf full of V for Vendettas.

Also meant to say the Superman ones were fantastic too. Arthur Dent and Marvin were fun. The Doctor Who/Time Traveller one didn’t quite work for me though, I think the style was a little too cartoony and Matt Smith is a lot of things but short and dumpy he’s not. I’d have liked to see a Murphey Anderson style Flash on the cosmic treadmill meet one of the classic Doctors.

The episode people are mentioning is from Challenge of the Superfriends, titled “History of Doom”. The destruction of the Earth is used as a framing story to tell stories about the Legion of Doom (and to justify Earth being retroactively saved by a Deus Ex Machina at the end.)

RIP Ray Bradbury. I wasn’t a big fan of his work, but his influence across many media cannot be denied.
Now let’s see what our contributors came up with this week:

Kitty Pryde in “The Dragonriders of Pern”: Well, that would explain Lockheed (actually Lockheed is based on the X-Men’s plane, as interpreted in “Kitty’s Fairy Tale”, but close enough.) Very nice art, though I don’t like Kitty’s face for some reason.

Bradbury’s long years with the Super-family (Superman doesn’t age so he builds androids of Superboy, Supergirl, etc.): (The Bicentennial Superman? XD Actually that would make for a good Silver Age Superman story- well except the World is Now Dead part. Great tribute by Perks as usual.)

Ghost Rider 2099/Hiro Protagonist: I barely know either character (Hiro Protagonist? Seriously, that’s his name?) so I’ll just say that it looks good.

Deadpool vs. Predators: Nice art, but like many crossover art pieces, there seems to be little story here (other than the match being public.) The above piece had a similar problem.

Adam Strange and Flash Gordon: There wasn’t that much story here either, but Walko’s art is fun as ever!

Arthur Dent and the Tick: Yes, I know who Arthur Dent is. No, I have never read the Hitchhiker Gide To The Galaxy books (or the Tick, either) so I don’t get the joke, other than they are making fun of his accent. Still they do seem like they belong in the same universe. And this piece had actual DIALOG, thank you.

Ultron/Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Again with the HGTTG! But hey, the John Byrne style art is fantastic! And look, more funny dialogue!! (Note: Yes I know why the use of the number 42.)

The Time-Traveller (Time Machine) and Dr. Who: Wait, neither of these is a comic book character! That I know I mean. Still, a crossover between them is only natural.

Repent Harley Quinn said the tick tock man! (easily one of my favorite Harlan Ellison stories): I don’t know this story so I don’t get it either.

Bradbury’s there will come soft rains with the hall of justice: this reminds me of an episode of the Justice League cartoon where Superman was sent to a future where the sun had indeed turned red and humanity was indeed extinct (except for him and Vandal Savage.)

Overall a very well done week as usual. Thanks to everyone who contributed for their ideas and efforts.

“The Time-Traveller (Time Machine) and Dr. Who: Wait, neither of these is a comic book character!”
The Doctor’s not primarily a comics character, certainly, but he’s had comic stories running in various places pretty much continuously since the Hartnell days.

Why don’t you ever know what anything is, Sijo? Are you on the right site?

dc2omniverse suggested:

Adam Strange and Flash Gordon.


Did not Flash Gordon start as a comics (comic strip) hero anyway?

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